My name is Matthew Upshaw and I am in the midst of my first pastorate at a Nazarene church in southern Indiana. I recently wrapped up my masters classes at Olivet Nazarene University and started at my church in June 2012.
I have titled this blog “Modern Day Matthew” for reasons besides the obvious. Matthew’s gospel is one written from a Jewish perspective, connecting the Old and New Testaments in a way that is often overlooked. I whole-heartedly believe that the entire Bible is our story, humanity’s story. The New Testament is not the beginning of the story with a really big prologue. Genesis is the beginning. Exodus is our story. And so on.
This story continues to today, the 21st century. And though a lot has changed since “bible times” even more is the same. We still have disciples and I believe the rabbinic method of teaching through stories is helpful and important and formative. It is for this reason I feel called to write this blog. To work out my stories. To shape them and define them. To commit them to words instead of leaving them as only thoughts.
Beyond all of that I am also a husband and a father. I am learning what those roles mean and how I am called to fulfill them daily. More and more I am realizing that those are the most important roles I have, above all else. I have heard it said that the most important things and roles in life are those which only you can do. Someone else might be able to pastor my church or study my classes, but no one else can come in and raise my child or love my wife. That is for me and me alone and I am learning how to do that well and in a holy way that points to God as the source of all that is good.
In addition to all this, I am also a friend and community member. As serious as I am sure I will sound in posts I am a light-hearted guy who loves fun and comedy. I look for the absurd and ridiculous in life as well as the serious and the true. I try not to take myself to seriously. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I don’t.